Geoff Dean Short Story Competition

The Geoff Dean Short Story Competition is a new biennial contest open to all Australian writers for outstanding short fiction between 3000-10,000 words.

Geoff Dean was an eminent and accomplished Tasmanian short story writer who passed away in 2011 at the age of 80. He spent half a century writing short stories and he also played a key role in forming the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre. He also published numerous works and won a string of prizes for his gritty tales of humour and sadness. His short stories were described as some of the best in the country.

Click play below to hear judge Caroline Dean speak about the competition with ABC Northern Tasmania.

2015 winners  announced at the Tasmanian Readers and Writers’ Festival

1st prize goes to Liam Pieper from Victoria with his story Swerve.

Runner-up is Julia Prendergast, also from Victoria, with her story Like Clay.

Two Highly Commended stories were Tough Blood by Mran-Maree Laing, hailing from New South Wales; and The Swim Back by Rauiri Murphy, Tasmania!

A hearty congrats to Jane Naqvi, winner of the Hachette Mentoring Program, beating out 27 other entries with her manuscript Jackjumper.

Congratulations also to Dan Disney for 1st prize in the 2015 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize with 2nd prize winner, Sue Wootton. High commendations were awarded to Corey Wakeling, Lindsay Tuggle and Lachlan Brown.

About Geoff

Born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1928, Geoffrey Dean (Geoff) had his first short story published in the mid-1950s. Scores of his stories have appeared in eight collections of his work (Mysteries, myths, and miracles; Under the Mountain; The Literary Lunch; Strangers Country and other stories; Cold Dean Monday and other Australian stories; Summerbird and other stories; Over the Fence; and the Hadlee Stories), as well as magazines, anthologies and collections in Australia, the UK, USA, Norway and China. He won many literary prizes and awards, including the State of Victoria Short Story Award and the Arafura Literary award. His story, The Town that Died was made into a TV drama and broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1986. Geoff died in August, 2011.